Users will be able to operate their television sets and switch between connected devices using the controller, Joystiq reports.
It will be possible for players to turn their TV sets on and off with the peripheral, eliminating the need to have both the controller and TV remote to hand.
Nintendo previously demonstrated how the Wii U controller can be used to take part in video chat without the need for a TV, with users able to draw pictures and send messages using its touch-screen.
The Wii U will be released on November 18 in North America and November 30 in Europe. A basic and premium edition will be available, as well as a ZombiU bundle.
The basic pack includes a white Wii U console with 8GB of memory, a Wii U GamePad, an AC adapter and an HDMI cable.
The Premium set will offer the system in black with 32GB of memory, a copy of Nintendo Land, Wii U sensor bar, a GamePad charging cradle, stands for the GamePad and console and Nintendo Network Premium membership.
Nintendo recently launched its Wii U advertising campaign ahead of this month's launch.
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